About Laura

Laura Newman Eckstein is the Judaica Digital Humanities Coordinator at the University of Pennsylvania Libraries. She is a recent alumna of Haverford College (Class of ’16) where she majored in religion. At Haverford, Laura received a Tri-College Digital Humanities Mellon Fellowship. As a part of that fellowship, she was assigned to work in the lab for Texts, Maps and Networks at Northeastern University under Professor Ryan Cordell. During her time at Northeastern, she used her GIS skills to work on the Viral Texts Project, mapping the spread and reprinting of 19th century magazines and newspapers. She also honed her skills in historical GIS and published shapefiles of transportation networks in the United States. During the 2014-2015 school year, Laura was mentored by the digital humanities librarian, Laurie Allen, learned how to create interactive maps using the Leaflet, Carto, and Mapbox libraries and enhanced her GIS skills. Laura spent Summer 2015 as a John B. Hurford '60 Humanities Center Student Research Fellow at the American Jewish Archives in Cincinnati, Ohio working on her thesis entitled "On the River, On the Road: Lower Mississippi Jewish Peddlers, 1820-1865." Originally from Portland, Oregon, Laura now lives in Philadelphia where she enjoys reading, making maps, exploring new Python libraries, researching genealogy, and studying early American Jewish History.